Hours of service regulations are extremely important rules that truckers need to abide by. They were established for the safety of the truckers themselves as well as other drivers. These rules legally define how long a trucker is allowed to drive so that he or she does not risk fatigue, which is fully established to increase the risk of a serious accident. The fact is that accidents still happen, and in some cases, the accidents are caused because a truck driver did not adhere to the restrictions in the hours of service regulations. If you were in an accident with a commercial truck, contact me, Marc Sedwick. I'm an experienced personal injury lawyer, and I will immediately get involved in your case, initially with an evaluation your case with regard to if the driver violated the hours of service regulations.
Long haul-trucking is a difficult and strenuous job. Truckers drive long hours alone, and must reach their destination within a specific schedule. To make sure that truckers complete their jobs in a safe manner, the US Department of Transportation created a set of regulations that restrict a trucker from driving dangerously long hours. Truckers cannot drive for more than 11 hours in a 14 hour period, and following the 14 hour shift, they must take a rest period for 10 hours. If a trucker violates these rules, a serious accident is often the tragic consequence. Truck drivers are required to keep track of their hours by keeping a written log. Some trucks also have black boxes that record information about where a trucker drives, when they drive, and for how long they stop. Both the written log and black box data could provide critical evidence to support your claim against the trucking firm.
If you have been in an accident with a truck, you should be aware of this information. You should hire a skilled truck accident lawyer in Southern Indiana immediately.
The sooner you act, the better chance you have of achieving justice and fair compensation. Don't delay! Contact me, Marc Sedwick, if you need help with a personal injury lawsuit.
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